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Weekend Planner: Theater Productions, National Author Visits, and Dance Concert

Patch tells you what's happening this weekend around Farmington and Farmington Hills.

Hello Friday! So nice to see you again. Another work and school week is over, and the weekend is finally here. There is so much to do in the area this weekend, especially with all the theater productions going on.  All week long, we have shared our daily picks for fun and interesting events happening in the area to help you plan your weekend adventures.

Here's a recap:

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When: Friday or Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Why go: North Farmington High School students have come together to inspire their community by presenting the controversial drama The Laramie Project this weekend. The drama is based on a hate crime that took the life of Matthew Shepard in 1998 and chronicles the life of the town and people of Laramie, WY in the year after the murder. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Defeat the Label, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of bullying issues among teens.

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When: Friday  at 7:30 p.m.

Why go: The 6th Annual Oakland Dance Festival takes place at  this weekend. On Friday, the Detroit Dance Collective and the Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Company will share the stage in a high-energy concert that features modern and jazz dance works. The DDC will perform three works: Dances for Isadora, Pier: What is Left Behind, and The Room. The PRP will perform two works: Space and Swingin'. The performances will include powerful choreography that includes history, human drama, the essence of space and time, and well-known songs including Gershwin and Cole.

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Where: 

When: Friday or Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Why go: Farmington High School students will perform the edgy drama Palmer Park, written by Joanna McClelland Glass, this weekend. The play takes place from 1968-1971, after the Detroit race riots in an integrated neighborhood in Downtown Detroit.  The cast is made up of six black members and six white members, who create three families of each race. Palmer Park sends a powerful message of combating stereotypes. Director Lauren Kozak says "the message of the play is still relavent in the community right now with such a diverse group of students."

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When: Sunday at 2 p.m.

Why go: The Holocaust Memorial Center welcomes author Nancy Wright Beasley on Sunday, and everyone is welcome to listen to this nationally recognized, award-winning journalist and speaker whose career spans 30 years. Beasley will speak on her latest book Izzy’s Fire: Finding Humanity in the Holocaust. She read memoirs, interviewed survivors and found Edna Ipson's ("Izzy's") memoirs that let her to tell the story of how he who helped his family escape from Kovno Ghetto, one of the most notorious killing fields for Jews in Lithuania. 

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When: Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. or 5 p.m.

Why go: The Farmington Hills Youth Theater invites you to explore "A Whole New World" in their youthful version of Disney's Aladdin, Jr., performed this weekend. Go see the beloved fairy tale of Aladdin and Jasmine, that features over 140 children, youths and adults in two casts. This fun and entertaining play will take you on a magic carpet ride filled with love, adventure, and the hilarious Genie, who will delight children of all ages.

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